Beginning in 2015, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi led a community conversation to ensure that each one of the over half-million citizens living in the county has the same opportunity to succeed. Dane County’s dedication to this effort is even stronger as we move into 2020.
We have an amazing quality of life in Dane County. Madison and surrounding areas are consistently ranked as premier communities in which to work, play and raise a family. Recent ratings include:
Although we enjoy many successes, we can strive to do better together and address our shared challenges.
The County Executive recognizes that the quickest, most reliable vehicle out of poverty and toward upward mobility is acquiring and maintaining a family sustaining job. His plan focuses on breaking down barriers on the path to gainful employment.
When we ensure that barriers to employment are broken down for everyone, we automatically impact racial disparities. Sadly, the highest rates of poverty in the county are experienced by those who represent racial minorities.
Dane County Executive Joe Parisi’s comprehensive plan for reducing poverty and better ensuring opportunity and success for all includes:
People re-entering society after conviction and incarceration face a unique set of barriers that make it extremely difficult to achieve success outside of prison. Over ¾ of these inmates will be returning to the communities from which they originated. Challenges such as lack of affordable housing, access to mental health care and other support services, and employment make it difficult for many of these individuals to successfully reintegrate back into the community and avoid recidivism. In addition, addressing challenges early on is an effective strategy in preventing people from entering the criminal justice system in the first place. To address these barriers, County Executive Parisi has:
Gainful employment is the most effective vehicle out of poverty and towards upward mobility. All efforts to achieve prosperity for all must begin with access to a family-sustaining job. The County Executive’s efforts in this area have been included:
Dane County can lead by example in efforts to reduce inequities and break down barriers to employment. Dane County conducted an extensive internal analysis to identify areas for improvement around hiring practices, contracting, and service provision. County Executive Parisi has: